‘Pamplona’ Is Canceled After Stacy Keach Falls Ill



Stacy Keach playing Ernest Hemingway in the world premiere of “Pamplona.”

Liz Lauren

The Goodman Theater in Chicago will cancel the remaining performances of “Pamplona,” a world-premiere play by Jim McGrath starring the veteran actor Stacy Keach as Ernest Hemingway.

The announcement of the cancellations came on Friday, three days after the play’s troublesome opening night. Midway through the performance, the theater’s artistic director, Robert Falls, halted the production after Mr. Keach, 76, “appeared to become confused and lost his way many times,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

Keach received medical testing following the premiere, and doctors advised that he rest and recuperate, according to the actor’s family. The Goodman Theater will contact ticket holders with refund details and alternative offers.

“Pamplona,” an 80-minute biographical monologue set in a Spanish hotel in 1959, follows a distraught Mr. Hemingway in the final years of his life as he grapples with his writing.

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